Rails and Merb to merge for Rails 3
With the words "It’s Christmas, baby, and do we have a present for you.", David Heinemeier Hansson announced that the Merb and Rails developers were merging their efforts for Rails 3. Yehuda Katz, lead developer of Merb simultaneously made the announcement to the Merb community saying of the move, "Today is a fairly momentous day in the history of Ruby web frameworks."
The competition between the two frameworks has led to testy relations between the developer communities, making the announcement all the more surprising. A "plaque page" has been erected on the RubyOnRails.org site to celebrate the coming together.
Rails 2.3 is "just around the corner" according to Hansson who called it "a blockbuster release packed with goodies". Once that is out, development effort will switch to Rails 3 with a hope to have "at least a beta" out in time for Railsconf 2009 in May.